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12 January 2011

Conversion Scenes--Meet Author Tracy Krauss

My Mother the Man-Eater--
Hunting never looked this good.

(The drawing for one of our two featured books will remain open for anyone leaving a comment on any blog, Monday-Thursday.)

The last two days we’ve spent visiting with author Delia Latham. For the next two we’ll get to know the second of the authors featured during this Conversions Clash—Tracy Krauss.

If you missed reading her excerpt, you can find it HERE

Tracy is the creative mind behind the novel My Mother the Man-Eater. Just try and tell me that title doesn’t grab your attention. It's one of the boldest and most captivating titles I’ve seen on a Christian fiction to date. I love it!

According to Tracy, MY MOTHER THE MAN-EATER was originally inspired when she was playing the Sims! The characters and interaction mushroomed into the idea for this book – a forty-something cougar on the quest for fulfillment.

If you’re like me, you’re curious to know this author better. So, here she is!

Welcome, Tracy!

Since COTT’s focus is Christian fiction, many of the novels featured here contain scenes in which a lead character has a personal encounter with Christ. Some Christian authors feel called to present a clear Gospel message in each of their novels. Would you classify yourself as such?

Yes, I would. Redemption seems to be a key element in all of my novels. I suppose it is what I feel called to write – my way of ‘going to the ends of the earth’ with the message.

 Happy New Year! Are you a Resolution Setter? If so, please share with us one writing and one personal resolution for the year 2011.

I usually fall into the ‘resolution trap’. :-) I’m definitely trying to write creatively more regularly, rather than allow all the busyness of the promo side to take over. As far as a non-writing resolution, it’s probably the same old trying to exercise more and eat healthier.

Please share with us your own conversion story.

I came to the Lord while in University – we’re talking the eighties here – sex, drugs and rock n’roll! My Mom had come to the Lord and was praying, so I had some background, but it was a very unlikely stoner friend who actually witnessed to me and got through, even though his life was still ‘questionable’. Just goes to show God can use anybody at any time. They don’t have to be perfect or know all the answers, just be obedient.

A bit more about Tracy:
Tracy Krauss is an author, artist, playwright, director, worship leader, and teacher. Originally from a small prairie town, she received her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Saskatchewan.  She has lived in many places in northern Canada with her husband, a pastor, and their children. They currently live in Tumbler Ridge, BC.
Other published works include a play and her debut novel AND THE BEAT GOES ON, a romantic suspense with an archeological and creationist twist.
Tracy’s questions for you:
For authors--What has been your strangest inspiration for writing?
For readers-- Have you ever stayed up all night reading?

Friday, we announce the winning author AND our two book drawing winners!

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Jo said... Wednesday, 12 January, 2011

Interesting interview. Enjoyed reading how you came to be saved. We had the same situation with our youngest child. We got saved first but didn't bring him to the L-rd. His druggie friends did!

Would love to get entered for your book.


Ann Lee Miller said... Wednesday, 12 January, 2011

Unique inspiration for a book: While hiking in the desert with my husband, shortly after encountering our first rattle snake, a ranger drove up in his pick-up truck on what we thought was just a hiking trail. The ranger had his dog in the truck. The man and his dog are stuck in my head and in a yet-to-be-written plot.

Anonymous said... Wednesday, 12 January, 2011

Sounds like a great book Tracy. I couldn't put your first one down, so am anxious to get this one!! Keep writing.

Sarah Tipton said... Wednesday, 12 January, 2011

In response to the readers' question, yes.

About 2 years ago, I started reading Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper at 8 p.m. one night. I kept telling myself,"After this chapter, I'll go to bed." Around 2 a.m., with tears streaming down my face, I finished the book. Doesn't happen to me very often--I love my sleep!--but occasionally a book HAS to be finished.

Tracy Krauss said... Wednesday, 12 January, 2011

Great comments everyone! I'm glad to be featured here and good luck to whomever wins! God bless

April Gardner said... Wednesday, 12 January, 2011

My strangest inspiration for writing? Ann had a pretty good one. Not sure about strange, but my most recent was found reading up on Harriet Tubman with the kids. She was one cool lady.
The last time I stayed up really late reading was with Tamera Alexander's "Within My Heart". But no surprise there. Her books always deprive me of sleep. :-)

Giveaway Lady said... Wednesday, 12 January, 2011

I would love to be entered in the giveaway. As for your question for readers-I have not stayed up all night. The latest would probably be around 1 or 2 trying to finish Cathy Bryant's book:) Loved it! Thanks!


Tracy Krauss said... Thursday, 13 January, 2011

I'm a night owl myself, so I have stayed up all night reading multiple times. (Also writing, quilting, painting ... almost anything...)My bad habits kick in almost immediately whenever I'm not working.

Cheryl said... Thursday, 13 January, 2011

Great interview. Can't wait to learn more about Tracy and her work. I'm a reader and a writer, so I guess I'll answer both questions.

I may not have stayed up all night to read a book, but I have turned in at around 4:30 AM because I just had to finish this really great book once or twice. I'm a night owl, so it wasn't too bad, but I was glad I didn't need to get up at 6:30 that morning.

My strangest inspiration for a story came from a local news article of a woman who was accused of trying to kill her husband, and when she failed, tried to solict two different men to kill him. I used it to create a story about a man whose wife disappears after a supicious accident where he ends up in the hospital with temporary memory loss.

Thanks for the chance to win.



The Crazy Cat Lady said... Thursday, 13 January, 2011

What? You mean we don't have to be PERFECT?! :) Praise God ~ I'm so thrilled to make your acquaintance, Tracy.
Thank you for the interview and the chance to win!

My strangest inspiration as an author? The harder I'm working, the more stories that show up!

kjv1611as at gmail dot com

Anonymous said... Thursday, 13 January, 2011

Yes, I have in fact just the other night.Great post.

Shawna K. Williams said... Thursday, 13 January, 2011

Howdy Tracy! This sounds like a great book, and congratulations on your COTT feature.

Marcia Lee Laycock said... Thursday, 13 January, 2011

Cool interview, Tracey and I love the cover of your book. My strangest inspiration - while driving downt he road one winter day I saw a snow shovel stuck into a bank. No vehicle, no one around, just the shovel. I started "what-ifing." So far I've published two pieces from that experience. It may morph into more. :)
Blessings, Marcia
PS - I came to Christ in the 80's too - so I guess that makes us "cripsies" hey? ;)

Bonnie Way aka the Koala Mom said... Thursday, 13 January, 2011

Great interview, Tracy! Nope, I've never stayed up all night reading - but I have read a book in one day (back when I was a teenager who could sit around on the couch and read until I finished that book).

Tracy Krauss said... Thursday, 13 January, 2011

Not sure what a crispie is but it sounds interesting ...

Delia Latham said... Thursday, 13 January, 2011

I love the title of your book too, Tracy - very bold and attention-grabbing.

I guess I live a very humdrum sort of life. At the moment, I can't think of any particularly "strange" inspirations to write. My grandchildren, however, have inspired many of my humorous scenes involving children. Kids are the best!

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